Backstrom, the musical visionary behind the forthcoming album “The Carousel,” offers a soul-stirring preview with the release of his debut single, “Animal (feat. Bart Topher).” “Animal” emerges as a sonic tour de force, showcasing Backstrom’s unique approach to songwriting that artfully blends raw emotion with a distinct sound. The song, a departure from the conventional, explores the depths of the human psyche, tapping into the primal and instinctual aspects that reside within. The collaborative nature of Backstrom’s musical endeavor becomes evident as he assembles a talented ensemble of session musicians. Bart Topher’s vocals, resonant with emotion and storytelling prowess, grace eight tracks on the album, accompanied by three original lyrics. Francisco Paz’s rhythmic mastery on drums and percussion, Luca Giannotti’s versatile contributions on guitars and bass, and Kimberly Faith’s harmonies on six songs collectively enrich the auditory experience.
In a unique creative process, Backstrom leverages the global platform Fiverr.com to connect with musicians from diverse backgrounds, enriching the album with a myriad of influences. The result is a musical tapestry that draws inspiration from legendary figures like Leonard Cohen, Mark Lanegan, and the timeless essence of the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street.” While Backstrom’s focus is on the art of songwriting rather than live performances, “Animal” has already left an indelible mark on listeners. Described as a vibrant and refreshing experience, the track captivates with its storytelling core and organic allure.
The recording process, a blend of home demos and collaborative input from various locations, exemplifies Backstrom’s commitment to creating a harmonious fusion of talents. Gabe Wold’s adept mixing and mastering, coupled with Tommy Jones’ collaboration in refining English lyrics, ensures that “Animal” emerges as a polished and evocative piece. “Animal” delves into the intricacies of the inner animal within every modern human being, exploring themes of primal instincts and human complexity. As Backstrom roars onto the music scene with this debut single, audiences can expect a musical journey that transcends the ordinary, inviting them to explore the depths of emotion and sonic innovation.